Actor Vishal, also the President of the Tamil Films Producers’ Council, is currently in a war of words with BJP leader H. Raja after the latter had said that he watched clipping of ‘Mersal’ online. Vishal lashed out at the TN leader and said that a leader of that stature is encouraging piracy by watching pirated copies online. The situation worsened after IT officials visited Vishal’s office in Chennai and conducted a raid regarding payments of few taxes that have been pending for a long time, reports reveal. Vishal says that it is no coincidence that the raids have happened at a time when he is voicing out his opinion about the ‘Mersal’ controversy against the government.
Vishal also hit back at the BJP leader and said that he should keep religion out of this controversy after Raja tweeted about actor Vijay and said that he is a Christian. “H Raja should not bring religion into films. Joseph is a nice name for Vijay,” Vishal told a popular national news channel today.
It was earlier reported that GSTI officials had raided Vishal’s office regarding GST payments and rumours started spreading like fire about the raids. Vishal later cleared all the air around the rumours and said it was an Income Tax check and not a raid by GSTI officials. Sources close to Vishal claim that it cannot be a coincidence that the raids happen at a time when Vishal has voiced out against H.Raja for his comments on the film and for watching a pirated copy of the film.